How to watch the Dubai Rugby Sevens live and free
The Rugby World Sevens is back, who will claim this year's titles?
Dubai is the venue for the opening round of the men's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Everyone will be chasing the defending champions Fiji, who took out 5 of the 10 rounds en route to the 2018–19 title.
Runners-up USA earned their highest ever finish in the competition last year, while New Zealand finished third. Australia are aiming to improve on a seventh-place overall finish last time round.
The women's event will also be held on the same dates and location. Although they have already contested one round, claimed by hosts the USA back in October, ahead of Australia and reigning champions New Zealand.
When is the Dubai Rugby Sevens?
This year's event is being held from 5–7 December at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai. The women kick things off first with Spain vs Ireland at 2:50pm local time (9:50pm AEDT) on 5 December. The men then take to the field, with Samoa facing Canada in the opening match at 12:06am AEDT on 6 December.
The round robin matches are held on 5 and 6 December, while the quarter-finals through to the final are played on 7 December, for both the men and women.
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Who is playing in the Dubai Rugby Sevens?
Men: Fiji, USA, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Samoa, Australia, France, Argentina, Scotland, Canada, Spain, Kenya, Wales, Ireland, Japan.
Women: USA, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Canada, Russia, Ireland, England, Japan, Fiji, Brazil.
How to watch the Dubai Rugby Sevens
When it comes to watching the Rugby World Sevens Dubai event, viewers have just two choices. Foxtel and Kayo Sports are the only options for watching the Dubai Sevens, after Fox Sports secured a deal late yesterday.
Both will now have coverage of every stop of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. It's yet to be confirmed if it will be every single game. For this weekend at least Kayo has every single game live and on demand.
Stream Dubai Rugby Sevens via Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports has over 50 sports, with rugby being just 1 of them. Although they've only been around for a year Kayo has already been recognised at an international level for its innovative viewing features.
Kayo separates itself from traditional services offering users a new way to experience sport. You can watch up to four sports at once via SplitView, use Interactive Stats for greater insights, get condensed replays with Kayo Minis or use the Key Moments timeline to see only the best bits.
Another feature recently added to Kayo Sports is the Fixtures tab, making it even easier to search through what's on.
A subscription to Kayo costs $25/month, which lets you watch from two screens simultaneously. If you want a third device then take up the Premium subscription for $35/month. The best part of all is you can dive straight in and test it out with this 14-day free trial.
Users can watch on Kayo from iOS and Android devices, PC, Mac, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Android TV, Chromecast and Airplay. The range of devices means you can easily get Kayo onto the big screen. For more information see our full Kayo review.
Watch Dubai Rugby Sevens on Foxtel iQ
Existing customers can add on the Sports HD pack for $25/month. Though things get expensive if you're not already a subscriber. It's compulsory all customers have the base channel pack and Foxtel Plus will set you back $49/month.
This means your monthly bill is a staggering $74. So if you're only after sports content then Kayo Sports is a far better alternative. If you would appreciate a mix of additional entertainment and drama programs then it may suit.
You could also be facing potential installation costs, but Foxtel iQ deals seem to always be available. Signing up for an iQ box also makes you eligible for the Foxtel First loyalty program. Plus you can watch on the run with the Foxtel GO app.
Live stream Dubai Rugby Sevens on Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is your other way to watch through the pay TV giant. It's a digital streaming service rather than your traditional set-top box set-up. You can get the Sport pack for $29/month.
Although once again you can't simply have the sport. You must also subscribe to the base channel Essentials pack which is $25/month. One handy attribute of Foxtel Now is the amount of devices you can stream from, which also includes access to Foxtel GO.
Devices compatible with Foxtel Now include the Foxtel Now box, iOS and Android devices, Telstra TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast/Airplay, Telstra TV and PS4. You can also watch via the web directly on the website.
Dubai Rugby Sevens pools
Teams will be split into pools for the event, similar to the Rugby World Cup. The men's pools are as follows:
Pool A: Fiji, France, Argentina and Japan
Pool B: USA, Australia, Scotland and Ireland
Pool C: New Zealand, Samoa, Canada and Wales
Pool D: South Africa, England, Spain and Kenya
The women only have three pools:
Pool A: USA, Canada, Russia and Brazil
Pool B: Australia, Spain, Ireland and Fiji
Pool C: New Zealand, France, England and Japan
Dubai Rugby Sevens matches
Given how many nations are competing in the tournament and the fact it will be both a men's and women's competition, you're best to see the World Rugby Sevens website. You can find the men's draw and the women's fixtures there.
Who will win the Dubai Rugby Sevens?
While the Flying Fijians are the overall series holders, they only finished fifth in Dubai 12 months ago, with the Kiwis, USA and England filling out the podium.
On the women's side, the New Zealanders won the opening three events last year, including Dubai, as they comfortably took out the series honours. Canada and Australia could be their nearest challengers after they took second and third respectively in Dubai last year.
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